Almond Butter Spider Cookies
Halloween is just around the corner!! Did you already celebrate over the weekend? Halloween on a Thursday is awkward, so that’s fair if you did. But if you didn’t and you want to be suuuuuupes adorbs, you should totally make these spider cookies! The cookie is made with almond butter, but you can use peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini – whatever wets your whistle. I normally make my cookies with peanut butter because that’s way tastier than almond butter. Sure, it’s not paleo, but I like to live my life on the edge, ya know?
I’m not sure where you live right now, but I’m currently in FREEZING COLD Colorado. We had a snowstorm on Friday last week, then Monday, now it’s back at it again on Tuesday all the way into Wednesday. It’s always so depressing when it snows right before Halloween because children are incredibly desperate to trick-or-treat their way into disgusting candy that they can hold onto for months until mice get ahold of it under their bed. We wouldn’t want that! It’s also depressing because it simply is just hard to leave the house in this kind of weather. Do I want to deal with my car doors freezing shut and therefore having to scrape my windows off with my credit card since I can’t get into my car to get the scraper? The answer is no. So will I leave my house today? It’s hard to say.
I normally leave the house in the mornings to work from a coffee shop since I don’t have an actual office at home, but soon that will change!! T-minus 28 days until we move into our new house!! Even though we are only moving 5 minutes away from our current house, we are still planning to use movers. For the sake of our marriage. I remember moving only 20 minutes 5 years ago and it was miserable. I think moving really shines a light on your communication skills, and ours was obviously lacking 5 years ago. We scraped a lot of walls in the process of that move. So we decided to keep our marriage strong and hire people this time around. I’ve heard some horror stories with movers, but our realtor recommended one so I’m hoping everything goes smoothly, especially since it’s only 5 minutes away. These movers come in and pack EVERYTHING for you, move everything, then unpack it all. How freaking awesome is that?!? That way I can just go work throughout the day while the move happens. Tell me your moving stories! Better yet, tell me how you got your animal acclimated and comfortable in a new house! I’m so nervous about moving Jackson from the only house he’s ever known!
Almond Butter Spider Cookies
- Author: juli
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 57 minutes
- Yield: 12 cookies 1x
- 1 cup thick almond butter (or other nut butter)
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
For the spider toppings
- 24 chocolate covered dried cherries (or walnuts, other nuts, or other chocolate covered dried fruit)
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together almond butter and coconut sugar using a large spoon. Then add egg and mix again until well combined.
- Then add the tapioca and coconut flour, baking soda, vanilla, and salt then mix to combined.
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop out around 2 tablespoons of dough and make into a round ball. Place parchment paper lined baking sheet. This dough will create about 12 cookies.
- Place baking sheet into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from baking sheet to place on cooling rack to cool completely.
- Once cookies are cool, place cookies back onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet, then melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Once melted, add 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate to the bottom of a chocolate covered cherry then press on one side of the cookie. Repeat with another cherry and press down into the cookie next to the other cherry, creating the body of the spider. Repeat with the rest of the cookies then place in the fridge for 5 minutes to harden the chocolate and keep the cherries in place.
- Pour the rest of the melted chocolate into a ziploc bag into one of the corners of the bag. Cut off a very small piece of the corner of the bag. Squeeze the bag like you would if you were piping icing on a cake. Squeeze the melted chocolate to the middle of the two chocolate covered cherries then drag down the cookie to the baking sheet. Repeat, creating 4 chocolate legs on each side of each cookie.
- Last but not least (this step is optional), melt coconut butter until slightly soft, but not too runny. Use a toothpick to dot 2 eyes on each cookie then place in the fridge to harden the coconut butter.
- NOW you can eat them! Store in fridge.
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12 thoughts on “Almond Butter Spider Cookies”
When we moved out of our first house, we had a 9 month old, 2 dogs, and my husband was out of town for the week for work. I also work full time, so needless to say it was stressful. My hubby felt bad that he was gone, so he hired a company to help me pack up our belongings and move us, and it was the best ever! They helped me wrap up all of the furniture, pictures, dishes, etc. and then they moved everything to our new house. It took so much of the stress off my plate, and it was some of the best money every spent! As for our dogs, they acclimated very quickly to the new space. I don’t think it was even an issue! I have learned that kids and dogs are much more adaptable than adults!
i’m so pumped to get movers!! as the date gets closer, it keeps sounding better and better! and i definitely hope jackson can adapt in no time flat!
We have 4 kids and have moved 3 times since 2016 to California and back! We had packers and movers each time but we still had our parents watch the kids and we were both there all day to oversee. It helps to be there to direct and make sure they understand what you want otherwise you will have to remove a lot of stuff.
This is not a Debbie Downer comment so please read ’til the end! We moved last year & our dog did had a rough adjustment period. He was a rescue & we have no idea about his previous life. We went through nearly 3 weeks of barely eating dog food & severe diarrhea BUT he finally starting eating chicken & white rice which helped settle his tummy. A year later & he is happy as can be & loves his new digs! We kept checking in with our vet & he said some dogs just have a harder time with moving. I pray that Jackson does great but just know that if he has a hard time, it won’t last!
poor guy!! that’s so so sad! definitely hoping jackson can adapt quickly
We also moved 5 minutes away from our first house and I thought the dogs would be confused on walks and try to return to the first house but they adjusted really quickly. I think it helped that I put ‘their’ rug down right away and they had their beds, etc… So a lot of familiar smells for them. They were a bit more restless than usual at first but within a couple of weeks they had settled right in. If you have access to the house before you move maybe you could bring Jackson over and let him sniff all over so it’s familiar to him.
I could never move without movers – so many arguments avoided by hiring them.
that’s what i’m hoping for! i’m hoping that having all his normal blankets and beds around help!
Good luck with your move!!! Hiring movers was THE BEST decision!! We’ve taken our three pets through a number of moves and we really think we NAILED it this time. We actually had them stay with a friend for a few days. We moved in, unpacked everything, got ourselves really settled, and got rid of any evidence of the move (cardboard, tape, etc). We put out all of their dishes, blankets, beds, and toys where we wanted them. When the dogs came home we let them explore, but to be honest they settled in really well! We even had a chance to break old habits and re-train some usual rituals!
Having a home office is AWESOME. Enjoy!!
such a great idea!! i don’t know if i’ll be able to pull that off, but that’s so smart!
Hi Juli! I will be making these. I get your insta story about The Wire. I have tried watching it too but can’t get into it.
I have been listening to a podcast that you might find hilarious. Check out My Dad Wrote A Porno! It’s so funny. Let me know if you do!
Thanks for all your posts!
We moved twice within a year. Oct 2018 we moved from Iowa to Arkansas and in April 2019, we moved into our brand new house. The state to state move was the hardest. My husband moved down a week earlier than me and he drove the UHaul but hired movers to move the stuff in. We did the same for our next move. It really wasn’t too bad. One hectic day then we had 2 more days to unpack and get everything situated. Next time we’re using a moving service. Also, we bought new furniture each time so the delivery people hauled that stuff in.
definitely using movers. i’ve never heard of anyone being disappointed with hiring movers (unless their shit was stolen, of course)